Monthly Archives: January 2018

Awkward Photos of Amazing Talks

have been to many great talks the Joint Meetings so far. I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you here, but the photos I took are, well, awkward. Luckily the AMS has real photographers to capture the … Continue reading

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Mathematically Bent Theater

Last night Colin Adams and the Mobiusbandaid Players performed four fantastic skits to a standing-room-only audience. The skits are a must-see JMM event! The first was a tale of thievery among mathematicians in the old wild west mining finite fields … Continue reading

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Potent quotables

Here are a few of my favorite “quotes” from the meetings so far (“”quotes”” instead of “quotes” because I did not write all of these down carefully, and so they are more like paraphrased/remembered versions of quotes). “In mathematics, and … Continue reading

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Cat Cafe

If the frenzied environment of the JMM has got you flustered, perhaps a feline environment is what you need. I stumbled across The Cat Cafe on Google Maps and immediately recognized it as a game changer. I heard others had … Continue reading

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Out in Math

It was really difficult to decide what talks to go to Thursday afternoon, so much was happening at once! But I’m really glad I ended up going to the MAA Panel on Out in Mathematics. The panel focused on issues … Continue reading

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Asking around: what we’re up to at JMM

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Mathematicians Teaching Intro Stats

Yesterday, I went to a panel about mathematicians teaching statistics. My department is a math/stats department so I have had the opportunity to TA many statistics classes, and I’ve really enjoyed it. The panelists all followed a similar trajectory of … Continue reading

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Adriana and Hermione’s Time Turner

Every time I come to the Joint Math Meetings, I wish I had the time turner that Hermione uses in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. There is too much interesting stuff all happening at the same time!  This … Continue reading

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What are you excited about at JMM 2018?

I asked a handful of participants (including myself) what they’re excited about at JMM 2018. The answers highlight how wonderfully eclectic this conference is.  

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Mathematics for the Masses

[Note: this is a post by Ben Thompson, 2017 AMS-AAAS Media Fellow.] Talithia Williams shared some exclusive clips from her upcoming PBS series, NOVA Wonders, as part of her lecture this morning, “Mathematics for the Masses.” You can find now … Continue reading

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